Danielle weakens into a Tropical Depression

Fourth tropical storm of the season is earliest on record


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Tropical Storm Danielle weakened and was downgraded at 11:00pm to a Tropical Depression as she moved onshore in Mexico.

The National Hurricane Center had this to say in Monday evening's update:

Satellite and surface data indicate that Danielle made landfall just north of Tuxpan, Mexico, just before 0000 UTC. Around that time, a sustained wind of 30 kt with a gust to 40 kt was reported at Tampico in a convective band to the north of the center. The associated deep convection has gradually weakened and become less organized during the past 6 to 12 hours. As a result, the initial wind speed was lowered to 35 kt on the intermediate public advisory at 0000 UTC, and to 30 kt for this advisory. Now that the center has moved over land, rapid weakening is expected overnight, and the circulation is very likely to dissipate over the mountainous terrain of eastern Mexico Tuesday morning. The depression is moving westward or 280/7 kt, and this general motion should continue until dissipation occurs. Heavy rainfall continues to be the primary threat associated with this system, and these rains are likely to continue over portions of eastern Mexico even after the cyclone dissipates. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mudslides over portions of eastern Mexico during the next day or so.


Danielle is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 6 to 10 inches with isolated maximum amounts of 15 inches possible in higher terrain over the Mexican states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Queretaro, Hidalgo and northern Puebla. These rains could cause life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

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